Two Dollar Radio was started in 2005 by Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf, an idealistic, young husband-and-wife team with a love of books. We were living in San Diego at the time, and after boomeranging back to New York City for a brief stint, we finally settled in Columbus, Ohio, where we are now proudly based, with our two children and our brick-and-mortar.
In 2013 we added a film production arm, Moving Pictures; in 2017 we started The Flyover Fest, an inclusive and fresh annual 3-day festival in the North Campus and South Clintonville neighborhoods of Columbus, Ohio, engaging the city, stimulating creativity, and sparking conversation; and then, after operating out of our living room for over a decade, and with lots of help and planning, we expanded into a retail space on the south side of Columbus, Ohio, in the fall of 2017, and named it Two Dollar Radio Headquarters! In the shop we carry the finest in independently published literature (including our own Two Dollar Radio titles), we serve up booze and coffee from a full bar, have a robust events schedule, and also serve house-made/vegan/unicorn-level food. Check out the Two Dollar Radio Headquarters website here: twodollarradiohq.com.
Two Dollar Radio Original Cardboard Sign
^Original sign from 2005
Over the past decade-plus, we believe we've become one of the most trusted and acclaimed independent publishers in North America, and the only one to also produce films.
Our books have been honored by the National Book Foundation, finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, picked as "Editors' Choice" selections by The New York Times Book Review, and made year-end best-of lists at O, The Oprah Magazine, National Public Radio, Slate, Salon, The Believer, and others.
In addition, The Brooklyn Rail credits Two Dollar Radio with publishing "some of the finest works of contemporary fiction," while The Los Angeles Times has said we provide the industry with "an air of possibility, the belief that the future was very much in play." Publishing Perspectives dubbed Two Dollar Radio “a budding literary movement;” The Seattle Stranger envisioned us leading a "dream industry" out of the wreckage of corporate publishing.
In 2013, we announced the formation of a micro-budget film division, Two Dollar Radio Moving Pictures, an expansion that the Tribeca Film Festival’s ‘Future of Film’ blog speculated could be "a real watershed moment in film."